Federal funding to address homelessness in Leduc County

Homeless estimate, increased services on agenda for FCSS

Oct. 16, 2014 – Leduc County Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) will address homelessness in the region, with the help of recently awarded federal funding.

The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) awarded FCSS $119,500, which will be used to offer supports to individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, while educating the public about homelessness.

“Short-term, chronic and impending homelessness are realities we encounter daily through the regular programming we offer,” says Laurel Fitzsimonds, director of FCSS. “With this funding, we can implement new programming to addresses homelessness, in addition to expanding and enhancing the services we already provide.”

Leduc County FCSS will conduct a homeless estimate to determine the number of homeless individuals and those at risk of becoming homeless in the region. With this information, staff will begin connecting these individuals to existing resources in the community and develop new resources, if required.

“It is important that people recognize homelessness, not only as the individual’s sleeping on the streets, but those living out of a passenger or recreational vehicle, those living in compromising situations in exchange for shelter and those who find shelter from couch surfing, often for only a few nights at a time,” says Fitzsimonds.

Leduc County applied for the funding, with support from the Town of Devon, Town of Calmar, Village of Thorsby, Village of Warburg, the Leduc Foundation and Leduc and District Food Bank. The funding will cover the costs of the program to a maximum of $119,500 incurred prior to March 31, 2019.

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy, which is administered by the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN).

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